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Esslingen Travel Guide: 59 reviews and 240 photos

Despite the chocolate box views of its major medieval attractions, and its long independent history, Esslingen now is a somewhat run down industrial suburb of Stuttgart. I had imagined Esslingen to be something like the other medieval towns that I had visited, such as Brugges or Warwick, so when the shabby station exited onto a concrete car park and sad shopping strip, I was quite surprised. The place is well inclined to tourists, however, and so there were plenty of signs to direct me to its far more presentable medieval heart.

Esslingen sits on the Neckar and has much of the medieval beauty that Stuttgart lost during the heavy bombing of World War 2. The particular highlights for me were the Stadtkirche St Dionys, with its two towers connected by an improbable covered bridge, and the 13th century Burg high up above the city offering views of the beautiful town centre, and the Schwabian Jura and valleys within which Esslingen sits. The town itself is quite pleasant to walk through, especially on a Sunday morning, when the bells of the churches peel through the empty streets of tight, narrow cobble stones.

It's not as glorious as medieval wonders like Tubingen, a further 40 minutes down the same train line. But if you are in Stuttgart and want to see some easily accessible German history, then it's only a quick ride on the S-Bahn away.

  • Last visit to Esslingen: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Nice commentary on Dick. Sorry I missed this little part of Stuttgart!

  • Sep 27, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    did you count how many steps i did once but forgot i think 297

  • talljoan's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2006 at 3:02 PM

    Very pretty. would love to arrange to go there in May 2007. My ancestry "Munk" is from there.

  • Jul 21, 2005 at 1:45 PM

    Scruffy in parts - yes... Less so than many other places. We have no issues walking late. Homeless: unlike the Stuttgart Bahnhof where there are numerous hardcores, the Esslingen ones are either from the community or are migrating through.

  • Jun 20, 2005 at 10:32 AM

    Wow Tim! Great pic of the Bridge Houses! Good to know you liked the yellow house :---) Of course I don't understand what you mean with the funny signs tip though...Can you please elaborate a bit more? :-P -------> Cheers, R.

  • Karin1S's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2005 at 9:42 AM

    Hi, no restaurants and no night-life? What did you done when you were there? Greetings from Berlin

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2004 at 2:22 AM

    By chance I've seen you've built Esslingen's tips and decided to remind the town I've been to in the beginning of the year. Nice page. I see you enjoyed bridges across the Neckar too.


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